Overactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) In Dogs: Symptoms and Treatment

January 10, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

As with humans, dogs have thyroid glands. Proper functioning of these glands ensures normal metabolic rate. However, dogs also suffer for hypothyroidism

Overactive Thyroid in Dogs

  • The thyroid glands secrete thyroid hormones that regulate metabolic processes in the body.
  • Hyperthyroidism is the ailment characterized by the presence of high levels of the thyroid hormone in the dog’s body. This is due to overactive thyroid glands.
  • Some dog breeds are more prone to having this ailment – these include Doberman pinscher, Irish setter, and Golden retriever.

Overactive Thyroid Symptoms in Dogs

The following symptoms often indicate that the dog has an overactive thyroid:

  • Sudden, unexplained increase in weight. Rapid weight gain is, often, the indicative symptom for an overactive thyroid. Weight gain continues even if the dog eats the same amount of food as he normally does. In fact, even if the dog is not interested in eating, he might still experience rapid weight gain.
  • Dried, flaky skin. When the thyroid gland malfunctions, the dog’s skin will look dried and flaky. It would be cool to touch.

Overactive Thyroid Treatment in Dogs

  • Oral medications are often prescribed to the dogs with this ailment. Such medications often restrict the amount of hormones that the gland creates.
    This way, the hormone levels in the blood will be lowered to the desired level.
  • Sometimes, the problem could not be solved by oral medications. When everything else does not work, it might be necessary to surgically remove the thyroid glands.
  • Some herbal and alternative medicines may also be used to keep the hormone levels in check. Such natural medicines include chamomile, kelp, and ginseng.

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